Case 4.2: HIV and a Researcher’s Duty to Warn (p. 185)

What moral principles seem to be in conflict in this scenario?

How would you resolve the conflict?

Suppose John’s only options are either to maintain confidentiality or violate it by revealing the subject’s HIV status to her boyfriend (the subject refuses to notify him voluntarily).

What should John do, and on what grounds could either action be justified?

Suppose that state law prohibits researchers from revealing a subject’s HIV status.

Would this fact change you judgment?
Should any such legal fact change your judgment?




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